North Carolina man facing child porn charges worked as Santa

Leander Dewey Jones (Courtesy: Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

A 63-year-old man from North Carolina who has worked as a Santa Claus faces child pornography charges.

Leander Dewey Jones was arrested by the Raleigh Police Department on 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The charge generally refers to downloading child pornography, but not manufacturing it.

An arrest report shows the alleged activity took place in August 2014.

Jones appeared in court Monday afternoon and bond was raised from $600,000 to $1 million. Prosecutors told the judge that there is also evidence Jones worked as a magician and pirate as well.

A profile on the Triangle Santa Buddies website listed Jones as "Santa Lee Jones" and that he joined the organization in 2014. The profile has since been removed.

Jones posing in a Santa costume from the Triangle Santa Buddies website.

Jones' next court date is set for June 22.
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